The song I have chosen to analyze is by the hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar and is titled “Swimming Pools (Drank)”. I chose this song because, in my opinion, it is one of the best songs lately and is composed by arguably the best rapper of this generation. It is all about the different angles of alcoholism; from temptation to sickness, and even touches on addiction. The track itself is produced by a popular engineer T-Minus, and is mixed very well. After listening to the song over 50 times in the past week I cannot seem to find even one blunder or sound I would change. The instruments used in the track consist of the usual hip hop sounds: bass, snare, hi-hat etc. Where the track really shines though, is in the complexity and variations throughout the verses. The engineer used different effects to project Kendrick as different roles throughout the song. At one point, Kendrick is rapping to himself as his conscience, in a high/faded out pitch telling himself to slow down on the drinking because he is nauseous. Then it immediately cuts back to Kendrick’s normal sound, and he continues flowing and changes subjects onto a girl who is very tempted by his vodka bottle. I also like this song because it applies a fairly new idea in today’s hip-hop world, which is using two completely different hooks. This gives the track such a nice flow and makes the listener stay focused because it isn’t as monotonous as a lot of other songs in the same genre.